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“Poverty Matters When…”


I’m not quite sure how it all got started, but all of a sudden on Twitter tonight tons of people started sending tweets to Diane Ravitch starting “Poverty matters when…” And these were some amazing tweets.

I used “Searchtastic” to bring them all together. You can find all of them at the time of this post here. I think you can just type in the phrase to refresh it again, but I’m not sure.

I’ve also downloaded them all in a permanent document you can access here.

I also used Twitter’s own search, but I just don’t how long their search result page will stay “live.”

If you have other suggestions of tools to use to collect these tweets, I’m all ears. I tried Twitter Fountain and Tweet Doc, but they didn’t work well at all.

Feel free to add additional “Poverty matters when…” ideas in the comments section of this post.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. I’ve been meaning to stop and introduce myself. Hello.
    Thank you for doing this. I teach in Oxnard in 1st grade and have been blogging a good five or so years to the issues I encountered in an underperforming school that seemed to lose in NCLB….enjoy your work and follow you on a feed reader and on twitter. Been trying to get myself to the SOS March in Wash, and was happily an endorser and VERY fortunate to meet several of the phenomenal organizers.
    I think poverty matters to me so much because every time I mentioned it at work I was “shamed” or told I was “making an excuse” by people who knew better but drank I guess the kool aid of rhetoric designed really to make this gap stay firmly in place. I deal every day now with huge class sizes, lack of materials, unreasonably underfunded public education. I’m just thanking you basically for doing this.
    Sarah Puglisi!/sarahpuglisi

  2. A male high school student (urban) was getting suspended for being late everyday. When a counselor actually sat down and listened to him. He was late every day because he had to take care of his 4 siblings, getting 3 off to school and wait until his (single) mother got home from her overnight job to take care of the youngest one. Even though he had been written up, and was being threatened with expulsion, he had continued to come to school everyday (be it late). The school was able to work with his schedule and make accommodations to keep him in school and allow him to help his family.

    Poverty Matters

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